The stories of Angoulême (1/2)

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  It’s been quite a while since we’ve posted a story. Christmas, New Year’s Eve and a lot of work got in the way and we haven’t been able to manage it all and still post on the blog at the same pace than before. But there is still hope! We’ve been shooting, editing and working on two stories: the first one is under construction and the second one is being launched today! On January we took some days off to visit a city in the southwestern part of France called Angoulême. We were there during the high point of its yearly calendar – the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême (or Angoulême International Comics Festival). It is one of the largest comics festival in the world and brings around 200.000 visitors to town, between readers, fans, authors and…

Gustavo: “Fear is not a factor.” (3/3)

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  Psssst: This is the follow-up of Gustavo’ stories. Watch the video and read part 2 if you missed it.   «To take hundred or two hundred people, ten or fifty people on a plane is almost the same thing. As long as it’s someone strange that doesn’t know us and that is trusting us, the company and the service, the relation is almost the same, I guess. Of course there’s more pressure when there are more heads turned to me. But it’s a pressure that we put on ourselves to perform at our best. Not necessarily the pressure from outside, but the one we put on ourselves to keep up with the demands of our job, to do our best so everyone can arrive home safely. In terms of statistics, as there are a lot of planes flying all the time, civil…

6 fun (or not) facts about anygivenstory

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  This anygivenstory has been up for half a year and we decided to show you a little bit more of what goes around in the backstage of this little house. How? By telling you a bunch of stuff about this blog that might surprise or amuse you (although we don’t guarantee that…). #1. anygivenstory wasn’t our first choice for the blog’s name. What a shock. It will be hard to recover from a revelation like this one that changes, even though might not seem like it. The process of choosing a name for the blog was not easy for us. Possibly there are a lot of bloggers for whom this is an intuitive or obvious step. It wasn’t our case, at all. First, we used the newbies method: to read articles about choosing names for a brand. Those articles give…

Gustavo: “My life is full of failures.” (2/3)

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  Gustavo was featured on last week’s video that got great response on social media. After 24 hours of being posted, it was already our second most watched video – how cool is that? If you missed it, check it here. Gustavo had a candid talk with us about his successes and failures, his passions and experiences. We’re sharing some of his words on today’s post.   «I lived around Peniche and I used to go to a normal school, a public school. My mother had just moved there at the time, she is a teacher. So, I haven’t grown up there and every child takes a while to feel included in a new school. Usually all the other kids were born there, grew up there, are from there. I was a bit of an outsider, a bit different. I…

The stories of Gustavo (1/3)

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  Even though Gustavo is living in the United States of America, we met him in Portugal. On a dirt road, in the middle of Alentejo, we heard stories that talk about perseverance, friendship, courage and will to live. The funny thing is that Gustavo told us we shouldn’t focus on him and his life. He said he was just a normal guy who had nothing special or relevant to share with us. We are absolutely sure that, after watching the following video, you will have a hard time agreeing with him. (The video has subtitles in English for those who don’t understand Portuguese – you just need to click on CC.)     Psssst: We’re sharing more about Gustavo on part 2 and part 3.   Apesar de viver nos Estados Unidos da América, foi em Portugal que nós nos…

StoryCorps: the humanity’s wisdom in an archive

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  We love good stories. Oh, I bet we surprised you with this one. No one would tell that. Yes, those are breaking news. Besides that obvious fact, we also love meeting people who love to share them too. Some time ago we bumped into an amazing project and it quickly became a favorite. We’re talking about StoryCorps, an organization that works towards preserving and sharing people’ stories. They do it by recording a conversation between two people. Anyone can volunteer to do it in what they call StoryBooths or MobileBooths, which are located in different cities in the United States of America, or through their free app, from any point of the globe. It has already collected and archived more than 60,000 interviews, which gives us an idea of how rich and diverse the records can be! Its founder, Dave…

Teresa: “Things have to give me more pleasure than work.” (3/3)

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  Psssst: This is the follow-up of Teresa’ story. Check the video and part 2 to know more about it…   «I’ve always wrote a lot. But usually poetry. Some crappy poetry because it was a soul’s purge. Even at work and all, since I was a kid. I had diaries and little notebooks. I would get home and write some nonsense and that was it. Then I looked as good as new. And those poems started adding up… I’ve always loved to write. It is, in fact, very therapeutical. I had just got out of a relationship, during a changing period, and I needed to take a stock. Writing a book was not even something that occurred to me deliberately. One night I was sitting at the computador,  during a sleepless period, and I started. It was a great experience. A…

Teresa: “During a war it’s more black and white.” (2/3)

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  When we presented the craziness idea of making a video that would portray a bit of Teresa, we weren’t expecting her to react in such an enthusiastic way. But, after all, that’s Teresa. In an open, honest and casual way, she spoke about several aspects of her life, always punctuating the conversation with an humoristic traits. Today we transcribed some of Teresa’s experiences as a humanitarian worker for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).    «My father thought it was inconceivable for me to go to Malawi, to the middle of nowhere. But I did. I did and I loved it. I started in Malawi, where there was a tremendous influx of Mozambican refugees. I had a series of camps (for refugees). Hundreds of thousands of people under my responsibility. There were all confined to camps, but everything was very well organized. It was a…

The stories of Teresa (1/3)

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  I’ve known Teresa since I was born. She has always been present, somehow, in my family. Surprisingly, however, it was not until I read her book (I was already a grown-up) that I realized just how great and rich Teresa’s life has been, beyond the cups of tea at my aunts’ houses. Cups of tea were also what we shared together during our long conversation. We talked about a bit of everything, switching from great laughs (Teresa’s sense of humor is priceless) and reflections on things as trivial as the human condition, without even noticing the passing of time. We will be publishing some of Teresa’s stories. Stories of her daily life. Her memories. Her thoughts. Her learnt lessons. Her life choices. Her house. Her work in wars in Africa and the Balkans. Her colorful and vibrant painting. Her poetry and prose. (The video has…

Riding through the southwest of Portugal (2/2)

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  Last year, we took our first motorcycle trip. We choose it as our first holidays together since the honeymoon that we’ve spent in Bali – we’ve already talked about it here and here. We ended up soaked wet in a one-person tent trying to figure out why the heck did we bump into winter in the middle of august. Eeeh, I guess it wasn’t that bad since we decided to repeat it this year… Actually we had a great time getting to know different and beautiful places in the north of Portugal and Spain (minus the rain…). So this summer we got ready, packed our Honda Deauville and drove to the south. As usually, we didn’t have a proper plan. Just some random ideas of what we wanted that included warm weather, sand on our feet and no worries. I’m going to jump ahead…

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